20th Century Fox has unveiled a flurry of release dates for upcoming films such as David Fincher‘s “Gone Girl” and the Jesus Christ movie “Son of God” from husband-and-wife filmmakers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.
“Gone Girl,” which is based on the bestselling thriller by Gillian Flynn, will open on Oct. 3, 2014 against Universal’s “Dracula Untold.” Ben Affleck stars alongside Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris and “Blurred Lines” beauty Emily Ratajkowski, as TheWrap first reported.
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The first week of October is the same frame that saw the release of Fincher’s critically acclaimed drama “The Social Network,” not that “Gone Girl” has the same awards prospects.
The old “Frankenstein” date of Oct. 17 has now been taken by the animated film “Book of Life,” which Fox pushed back two weeks from Oct. 3, 2014. Guillermo del Toro executive produced the movie, which is a “Romeo and Juliet”-esque love story set against the backdrop of the Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ holiday. Jorge R. Gutierrez directed the film, which will now open against Universal’s James Brown biopic “Get on Up,” starring Chadwick Boseman and directed by Tate Taylor.
Finally, the Jesus Christ movie “Son of God” will descend on theaters on Feb. 28, 2014. Fox recently acquired theatrical rights to History Channel’s popular 10-hour miniseries “The Bible” and added new footage, though the 135-minute film won’t be too different from the version seen on TV.
Portugese actor Diogo Morgado stars in the movie, which will follow Jesus Christ from birth through his crucifixion and resurrection.
“We are very excited to be working with 20th Century Fox to release ‘Son of God’ as a major motion picture,” Downey and Burnett said in a joint statement. “We responded to an overwhelming demand for the greatest story ever told to be seen as a shared experience on the big screen. The result is a beautiful stand-alone movie. It’s the story of Jesus for a whole new generation.”
“Son of God” will open against Universal’s Liam Neeson thriller “Non-Stop” and Paramount’s found footage film “Alamanac.”